Worship at Home
Worship for the Week Beginning 26th September 2021
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Sunday 26th September
Local Preacher Linda Leathersich has prepared this week’s message
This short act of worship is for use from home. Please use this service whenever you like during the week.
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Lord God your steadfast love never ceases your mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness.
You show us the path of life and in your presence is fullness and joy.
Accept this act of worship and use it for your glory. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
STF 449 – Lord of creation
Lord of creation, to you be all praise!
Most mighty your working, most wondrous your ways!
Your glory and might are beyond us to tell,
and yet in the heart of the humble you dwell.
Lord of all power, I give you my will
in joyful obedience your tasks to fulfil.
Your bondage is freedom, your service is song;
and, held in your keeping, my weakness is strong.
Lord of all wisdom, I give you my mind,
Rich truth that surpasses my knowledge to find;
what eye has not seen and what ear has not heard
is taught by your Spirit and shines from your word.
Lord of all bounty, I give you my heart;
I praise and adore you for all you impart,
Your love to inspire me, your counsel to guide,
Your presence to shield me, whatever betide.
Lord of all being, I give you my all;
If I should disown you, I stumble and fall;
But, led in your service your word to obey,
I’ll walk in your freedom to the end of the way.
Loving heavenly Father, as we come into your presence, calm our thoughts and our hearts, Help us to fix our minds on you, help us to be still and know that you are God.
How great is your eternal being God, how majestic is your name. You hold all things in existence; you are the fountain of life, the source of all good, the desire of our hearts and the ground of our hope.
Without you, we are nothing. All praise and glory be yours alone for ever and ever. Amen.
God of compassion and mercy, you have taught us in your word that the righteous live by faith. Forgive us for misplacing our trust;
forgive us for depending on our own understanding and our own wisdom and for relying on our own good deeds and strength.
Our God knows and loves us, when we are sorry, He forgives us. Thank you Lord for that forgiveness, we ask that you will increase our faith and help us to live for you alone.
Loving God, we thank you for you are good and your love endures for ever. We thank you that you hear our prayers and help us. We thank you that you give us freedom in our lives but you never leave us so we need not be afraid. We offer our prayers in the name of Jesus.
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
4 The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, ‘If only we had meat to eat! 5 We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost – also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. 6 But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!’
10 Moses heard the people of every family wailing at the entrance to their tents. The Lord became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled. 11 He asked the Lord, ‘Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? 12 Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their ancestors? 13 Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, “Give us meat to eat!” 14 I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. 15 If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me right now – if I have found favour in your eyes – and do not let me face my own ruin.’
16 The Lord said to Moses: ‘Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Make them come to the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with you.
24 So Moses went out and told the people what the Lord had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and made them stand round the tent. 25 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took some of the power of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied – but did not do so again.
26 However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. 27 A young man ran and told Moses, ‘Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.’
28 Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ assistant since youth, spoke up and said, ‘Moses, my lord, stop them!’
29 But Moses replied, ‘Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!’
Whoever is not against us is for us
38 ‘Teacher,’ said John, ‘we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.’
39 ‘Do not stop him,’ Jesus said. ‘For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us. 41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.
Causing to stumble
42 ‘If anyone causes one of these little ones – those who believe in me – to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung round their neck and they were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. 45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 where
‘“the worms that eat them do not die,
and the fire is not quenched.”
49 Everyone will be salted with fire.
50 ‘Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.’
Today our thoughts are about leadership, example and influence on others.
I hope that you will take the time to look at the OT reading in your bibles. It tells us of a great leader, Moses, at the end of his tether, he is really fed-up with his people! God had chosen him to lead them out of slavery, they had been saved and protected by God’s strength. They have seen the waters of the sea part just for them, they have seen water springing from a rock just for them and they have been given food in the middle of the desert – simply because God is their protector Are they happy? No they grumble and whinge, instead of looking at the desert and praising God that they are alive – they look back and dream of the good old days when they had lots of different food to eat – they seemed to overlook the fact that they were slaves then.
They look to Moses without love or loyalty or any thought of his feelings. They expect him to tell them what to do and to provide for them, when he fails they grumble and blame him, it never occurs to them that they could help themselves. It always feels better to have someone to blame doesn’t it? God took pity on Moses and told him to choose 70 leaders to take some of the responsibility away from him. The people had to learn that with freedom comes responsibility for how they lived their lives- a lesson that still applies today.
You cannot use God’s name in good deeds one moment and go and sin the next, or share God’s power one day and speak ill against him the next, that is what Jesus said in the Gospel reading. John wasn’t happy to see someone casting out demons in Jesus’ name; the man was not one of specially chosen group and John thought he should be stopped. Jesus said “Whoever is not against us, is for us” Was John jealous of someone outside the group being successful in doing good acts in Jesus’ name, surely this power was just for them? That is a question that echoes through the ages in secular and church circles – “What are your credentials?” “Are you registered with the proper authority?”
Of course we need to be careful, we need structure and safety, we have to be sure all the right paperwork is in place – the new rules dictate our lives. Moses had no credentials, God sees potential and calls us for who we are. Jesus said that anyone who has been so influenced by his greatness that they go and do good things in his name, should not be stopped. Example, influence are very important and Jesus says we have to choose carefully who we use as role models – He is the only one who will never lead us astray. We also have to be careful how we live our own lives as others will watch us. There is a saying “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they will always be watching you”. We have a responsibility to live in a way that never leads anyone in the wrong direction and if we know someone is going the wrong way, we have to bring them back. In our lives anything that does tempt us has to be rooted out, bad habits changed – it may be tough but it is the only way to live as Jesus wants us to live and be a good influence on others.
We may not all be leaders but we are all examples and need to ensure that our influence is for good and not ill. We need to keep looking at Jesus and He will help us make the right choices in our lives.
Prayers of Intercession
Heavenly Father we bring now our concerns knowing that you will hear us.
Healing God, reach out to our broken world, bring closer the day when our divisions will be overcome, our differences put aside and our fear ended – a time when we will live in peace together, help us to think generously, deal gently and love all.
Loving God, hear our prayer for the sick and those who care for them – let’s pause and name in our hearts those we love who are ill at this time. Lord support them through family and friends, the skill of medical staff and your loving touch.
Merciful God, we know that appearances matter to a point, but you call us to action rather than ornamental discipleship, to a faith that makes a difference.
Save us from paying lip-service to our faith, fill us with your love so that we may be pleasing in your sight and useful in your service.
Faithful God, thank you that wherever we are, wherever we go, your love is with us to the ends of the earth.
We pray in the name of Jesus and bring our prayers together as we say the prayer that Jesus taught us.
The Lord's Prayer
Please use the version that you prefer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
And deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours
Now and for ever.
STF 446: I will offer up my life in spirit and truth
1 I will offer up my life in spirit and truth
Pouring out the oil of love
As my worship to you
In surrender I must give my every part;
Lord receive the sacrifice of a broken heart.
Jesus, what can I give, what can I bring
to so faithful a friend, to so loving a king?
Saviour, what can be said, what can be sung
as a praise of your name
for the things you have done?
O, my words could not tell, not even in part
of the debt of love that is owed by this thankful heart.
2 You deserve my every breath
For you’ve paid the great cost;
Giving up your life to death,
Even death on a cross
You took all my shame away
There defeated my sin,
Opened up the gates of heaven,
And have beckoned me in.
May the Lord our God bless us with his grace, unite us with his love and fill us with his peace.
Service prepared by Linda Leathersich
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